It has been about eight days since my last update.
For those just tuning in, this is a followup to THIS POST.
Let me start off by making something clear. This is a slow process. I went to the hospital yesterday morning and there were some visitors hoping to see Marion and had heard she was very much improved to the point that she might be released soon.
I had seen her the previous day, in the morning and the evening, and she was having a bad day. She was having difficulty breathing. Then, yesterday morning when I saw her, there had been no improvement. I could tell she was concerned.
I spoke with the doctor and he said they had found fluids in her lungs again. He said his plan was to drain the fluids. He called me about 1 PM yesterday and said he had talked to Marion and explained the situation. He explained the procedure to me, and said the procedure was scheduled for 3PM.
We went to the hospital around 6PM and the doctor was just writing up his notes. He took me in to see Marion. He showed me the before and after lung x-rays and they showed great improvement. He showed me the amount of fluid that had been removed and it looked substantial to me.
Marion was sort of conscious and the doctor asked if it was easier to breath and she said yes.
We went today and could see tremendous improvement from the previous two days.
I have previously mentioned that she still have not been able to take solid foods. An endoscopy will be scheduled when the doctor feels it can be tolerated to determine why.
I have gone into more detail than normal, but I feel that it should be understood that this has been an extremely dangerous situation, caused by a home invasion by several youths, one of which was only 14.
It is only by the grace of God causing several things to fall into place, that has allowed Marion to be where she is today.
Had two individuals not
- paid the $4,000 to allow admittance to Hospital Mae Lewis and
- JF not been one of the individuals with the correct blood type and
- had Dr. Cattán not said that he would do the surgery in Mae Lewis,
I personally think Marion would not be here today.
Even with that, there is still a long way to go. There still has to be a determination of what is causing the difficulty with solid foods, and then actually getting converted to solid foods.
Marion is still in an Intensive Care environment, under 24 hour a day observation. She still tires quickly. When I visit, I try to stay a very short period of time.
She is aware of all the “well wishes”, that have been sent, and appreciates everyone’s concern and prayers.
This morning, I ran by the David post office and picked up the Proof of Life letter for me from the SSA. We then drove to Dolega and I picked up Marion’s POL letter. I hope to have them ready to send to the Embassy by next Monday.
It has been a long week. I feel every week we complete is a good week. I am happy with the way the week is ending. I hope for an even better week, next week.